President Elect Trump opened his Wisconsin and Michigan Thank You Rallies by saying “…we are going to say merry Christmas again…”. Trump is under the mistaken impression that many including Breitbart News, Alan West and many others hold, that President Obama banned federal employees from saying Merry Christmas.
Snopes.com debunked the myth last year. Here’s a skinnied down version of what we should know. Continue reading “Merry Christmas vs Happy Holidays”
With little notice by the public, Kellyanne Conway declared moving the American Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem “a very big priority”. The impact of this statement may be lost on many Americans but could have dire consequences throughout the Middle East. Continue reading “Trump Poised To Upend UN and Israel/Arab Relations”
Continuing the theme set in his December 4th tweet storm, President Elect Trump stated on Sunday that the US may not be bound by the One China Policy and laid out his gripes with China during an interview with Fox News: Continue reading “Trump Baits China – Again”
The CIA is confident that Russians attempted to interfere with the US Presidential election according to undisclosed sources. Additionally, they have allegedly determined that at some point the culprits decided they wanted to help Donald Trump. Trump and his transition team’s immediate response was to undermine the CIA and demand that evidence be provided that the Russians’ interference impacted the outcome of the election. Continue reading “Russians Attempt To Tilt US Election”
Some but far from all of the highlights from the week of 12/4/16 Continue reading “What Happened This Week”
PE Trump and the conflicts of interest his business represent continue to taint the PE’s transition into power. Trump and his attorneys continually say that the conflict of interest laws that members of congress and others must comply with do not apply to the President. Trump went so far as to say “The law’s totally on my side, the president can’t have a conflict of interest.” in an interview with the New York Times. Continue reading “Constitution Prohibits Trumps Conflicts of Interest”
Ask Americans what they think of China and many will say it is a major culprit that steals US manufacturing jobs by using cheap labor. Bankers and CEOs may tell you that China manipulates it’s currency to further steal jobs. President Elect Trump seems to agree with these statements according to some of his latest tweets. So what should we know about China’s power over the US and the world? Continue reading “China’s Power Over the US and the World”
To be sure PE Trump’s owns more real estate than 99% of American but it’s not that great. It actually is a very short list: Continue reading “Trump’s Not So Vast Real Estate Empire”
Trump accepted a “congratulatory phone call” from Taiwan’s President on Friday. As expected, China protested this perceived breach of the long standing U.S. One China policy. The policy has been in place since Nixon opened relations with China. In a nutshell, China claims sovereignty over Taiwan. Taiwan disagrees. Continue reading “UPDATE: Trump on China and Taiwan”
Manufacturing used to provide 25% of all U.S. jobs in the 1960’s. Since then its declined to less than 10%.
This steep drop happened as even as manufactured goods as a percent of U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) stayed relatively the same. This indicates that automation, not trade, caused the decrease in manufacturing jobs. Continue reading “Where Did the Manufacturing Jobs Go?”